The National Police Dog Foundation is a Camarillo-based nonprofit that raises funds and promotes awareness for the purchase, training and ongoing veterinary care for active and retired police K-9s.
According to the group’s website, in 1998 the foundation began as a local group helping to fund the Ventura Police Department’s K-9 program.
Then Lt. Dave Inglis - who works with the SPPD on their K-9 program -and veterinarian Dr. Ron Dalzell, along with a few volunteers, realized the need for a civilian organization to help fund K-9 units.
In addition, many other cities in Ventura County lacked budgets to fund their K-9 programs in their entirety, so the foundation expanded and became the Police Dog Foundation. Not only did police departments lack the initial funds to purchase and train a dog, many did not have a budget for serious medical issues. This continues to be the same circumstance today throughout the country, so the organization became the National Police Dog Foundation offering support nationwide in 2004.
The foundation currently assists law enforcement agencies through funding to achieve their goals of providing a K-9 unit with quality police dogs and training. In addition, the NPDF has also incorporated a network of veterinarians to help assist agencies with providing for maintenance care and possible emergencies as well as costly medical situations that might occur during their active service career. Equally important is to provide continued care for the police service dog after it retires. Our network of veterinarians includes some of the country’s most valued specialists in many varying areas of health care.
Currently many dogs for police service work are imported from Europe but the United States now has the ability to produce dogs of equal quality. One of the many benefits of dogs bred in America is that they do not have to travel the many hours now necessary by plane to come to the US, saving them the stress of these long flights.
For more information about the National Police Dog Foundation, visit http://www.nationalpolicedogfoundation.org